Prepare your HVAC system for Spring

When the warm summer weather hits Southern Ohio, issues with your HVAC system will be the last thing you want to be worrying about. A properly functioning air conditioning system is essential for summer comfort. These tips will help you prepare your HVAC system for spring. 

Schedule a Seasonal Tune-Up
This tip is as simple as making a phone call to Advanced Services Heating and Cooling and scheduling a preventive maintenance appointment. Your system will run more efficiently this spring and summer and will be less likely to break down on a hot summer day. 

Air Filter
Simply purchase a new air filter and replace the current one. Your air quality and efficiency will be improved by this simple step. Be sure to check your air filter every thirty days during summer use and replace it when needed. 

Ductwork
Have your ductwork checked for leaks this spring. Having leaks in your ductwork repaired will increase your system’s efficiency and help your HVAC system cool and heat your home more effectively. 

Consider an Upgrade
Spring is a great time to have a new air conditioning system installed.  Contact one of our comfort specialists for an estimate.  Whether you're in Chillicothe, Waverly, Circleville or anywhere in South Central Ohio, if your system is old, having it replaced by a new, efficient system will save you money in heating and cooling bills. 

A Programmable Thermostat
If you do not have a programmable thermostat, have one installed this spring. You will enjoy better control of the temperature in your home, and possibly lower energy bills since you can set the temperature so that your system runs less when you are not there.

Geothermal Heating & Cooling Explained

Geothermal Heating and Cooling is often referred to as Geoexchange, Geothermal, or Ground Source Heating and Cooling. They all mean the exact same thing, so don’t get confused by these names being interchanged. We are NOT talking about geothermal power (involving power plants generating electricity).

Geothermal heating & cooling is not to be confused with a geothermal power plant. A geothermal power plant generates electricity using the core of the earth – we are not referring to this, ever. We are talking about using the crust of the earth to heat and cool a home or building; there is no lava or electricity generation involved.

Ground temperatures are a constant 55° all year no matter what the weathers like

Geothermal works because the ground beneath our feet is warmer then the outside air in the winter and cooler in the summer. Inserting a series of small pipes into the ground allows heat to be transferred to and from your home. In this process heat is not created, it is transported therefore no fuel is burned.

1. Heat Pump - the inside unit known as the heat pump

2. Ground Loop - underground pipes which connect to the heat pump

Winter Operation: The underground pipes, called a ground loop, circulate water which absorbs the heat from the earth and returns it to the indoor heat pump. The heat pump extracts the heat from the liquid then distributes it throughout your home as warm air. With the heat removed, the water is re-circulated to collect more heat from the ground. In this case the loop water is warmer when it comes into the home than when it goes back into the earth since the heat is being removed.

Summer Operation: The indoor heat pump takes the hot air from your home and removes the heat. This leaves behind cool air to be distributed through your vents as air-conditioning. The removed heat from the air is rejected into the earth through the ground loop. In this case the water is warmer leaving the home then when it returns since heat is rejected into it.

This is not a new technology, this is not a science experiment, this not rocket science. In fact in many European nations geothermal heating and cooling is the standard. In Sweden and Switzerland more than 75% of new homes have geothermal.

The EPA has acknowledged geothermal systems as the most energy efficient, environmentally clean, & cost-effective space conditioning systems available.

This is a high level explanation of geothermal, for more specifics read about loop fields and system sizing. You should also watch the video below.

There are many benefits of geothermal you should learn before you contact your local geothermal contractor.